Friday, January 07, 2005

Talk Radio Payola - Who Knew?

USA Today, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, has a really funny / disturbing article today about a wonderful use of your tax dollars. It seems that Dubya's folks paid right-wing African American radio personality Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote the "No Child Left Behind" program to the black community and other black broadcasters. This sort of payola may violate federal propaganda laws (who knew there was such a thing - how does Dubya's everyday bullshit get past this?) and an investigation is under way. As for Williams:

he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."
Yeah, it's always a little easier to do something you believe in when somebody gives you a quarter of a million dollars to do it, isn't it? Jackass.

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